Miner swimmers place eighth at nationals; two from track team earn All-America honors

Missouri S&T’s swimming team finished eighth at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships, with four individuals and three relay teams finishing among the top eight in their events in the meet held in Canton, Ohio.


The Miners’ highest individual finish came from mathematics junior Zlatan Hamzic, who came in fifth place in the 200-yard breaststroke, while Zach Lemons, a junior in aerospace engineering, placed sixth in that event and also had an eighth place showing in the 400-yard individual medley. Andrew Schranck, a sophomore in architectural engineering, recorded a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly.



The relay teams that finished among the top eight were the 400-yard freestyle relay quartet of Hamilton Vernon, a sophomore in chemistry, David Sanchez-Turner, a senior in engineering management, Sean Deegan, a freshman in aerospace engineering and Schranck; the 400-yard medley relay team of Deegan, Hamzic, Schranck and Sanchez-Turner; and the 200-yard medley relay team of Schranck, Hamzic, Paul Reinisch, a senior in aerospace engineering, and Vernon.



The men’s track team had two individual All-America efforts at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., getting a fifth-place finish from civil engineering sophomore Terry Robinson in the 60-meter hurdles with his best time of the season of 8.02 seconds and an eighth place showing from mechanical engineering senior Jared Anders in the pole vault. (Read more about Robinson on page 22.)
Anders was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s “Field Athlete of the Year” after winning the pole vault and heptathlon at the conference’s indoor championships. Robinson was also a conference champion in the 400-meters and anchored the winning 4×400-meter relay team along with Brendan Smith, a junior in environmental engineering, Bryan Kluge, a junior in chemical engineering, and Brandon Etzold, a junior in metallurgical engineering. The Miners, who finished a close second to Indianapolis at the GLVC meet, also got a league title from civil engineering freshman triple jumper Joe Smith.

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